Anja Langenbucher is Director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s European Office. In this role, Anja manages the foundation’s policy, advocacy, government relations and communications activities in Europe. She leads a team that builds strategic relationships with various stakeholders across Europe, including governments, civil society institutions, and media. Prior to joining the foundation, Anja worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in a range of roles, including managing the EBRD’s technical assistance program and as a transaction leader in the agribusiness team leading both debt and equity transactions. Anja also worked at the IFC/World Bank in Washington D.C. and for the European Commission in Brussels; she started her career at the Boston Consulting Group in Munich. Anja is a German National and holds a Doctorate and Master’s Degree in Economics.